MEET THE TEAM
Founder & CEO
Brian Knight is the owner and founder of Pragmatic Works and is a serial entrepreneur, starting other companies throughout his prolific career. He is the author of more than fifteen technical books and has spoken at dozens of conferences like PASS, SQL Connections, and TechEd. He has received a number of awards from the state, governor and press including the Business Ambassador Award (Governor) and Top CEO (Jacksonville Magazine). He is on the board of the region’s Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation.
Devin Knight is a Microsoft Certified Trainer, and President of Pragmatic Works. He was also a Microsoft Data Platform MVP for 9 years. His main focus is driving adoption of technology through learning. Devin is an author of nine books on Power Platform, Business Intelligence, and SQL Server. He has been selected as a speaker for conferences like Power Platform Summit, PASS Summit, SQLSaturdays, and Code Camps for many years. As a Jacksonville FL resident, Devin is a contributing member to several local user groups in the area.
Mitchell Pearson has been with Pragmatic Works for 10 years as a Data Platform Consultant and the Training Manager. Mitchell has authored books on SQL Server, Power BI and the Power Platform. Data Platform experience includes designing and implementing enterprise level Business Intelligence solutions with the Microsoft SQL Server stack (T-SQL, SSIS, SSAS, SSRS), the Power Platform and Microsoft Azure.
As a Training Content Manager and Trainer with Pragmatic Works, Manuel uses his extensive knowledge of the BI Stack (SSRS, SSIS, SSAS etc.) to deliver exciting and engaging content. He also has experience with T-SQL, DAX, Power Platform and Azure Data Services. Manuel, however, is known for his impressive knowledge of the Microsoft Power BI tool. A native of Puerto Rico, He graduated from the University of Central Florida and loves being involved in the world of business intelligence. Manuel is a thought leader in the BI community.
Matt Peterson is a Trainer for Pragmatic Works specializing in the Power Platform. He graduated from the University of North Florida in 2006 and comes with 15 years of teaching experience in high school algebra. Matt earned the accomplishment in 2013 of being named the Florida Gifted Teacher of The Year. His primary focus is helping our customers learn the ins and outs of Power Apps and Power BI.
Jonathon Silva has his master’s degree in Education from James Madison University. He has 9 years of teaching experience in high school economics and history, where he was consistently recognized as a top educator in the field of history and a leader in curriculum development. As a Microsoft Certified Trainer that specializes in the Power Platform and Excel, Jonathon focuses on providing a welcoming learning environment to ensure that all participants are capturing the necessary skills for their continued development.
Allison graduated from Flagler College in 2011. She has worked in management and training for tech companies for the past decade. As a Microsoft Certified Trainer, her primary focus is helping our customers learn the ins and outs of Power BI, along with Excel and Teams.
Austin is a Jacksonville native who graduated from The Baptist College of Florida in 2012. He previously worked as a manager in the retail service industry. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids. His primary focus at Pragmatic Works is on Azure Synapse Analytics and teaching the best practices for data integration, enterprise data warehousing, and big data analytics. He also enjoys helping customers learn the ins and outs of Power BI and showing people new ways to grow their business with the Power Platform.
Shortly after graduating from the University of Florida in 2012, Angelica moved to Jacksonville and began her career as a high school Biology teacher. As a trainer at Pragmatic Works, her primary goal is to help individuals feel more comfortable and confident using Power BI. While not in the office, she enjoys traveling around the city of Jax to check out local eateries, live music events, and performing arts.
Nate Halliwell is a Power Platform enthusiast, specializing in Power Apps and Power Automate. He began his journey into the Power Platform as a “Citizen Developer” while working as a recruiter in talent acquisition. He used Pragmatic Works to train himself on the technology and hopes to use this new role as a trainer to help others achieve similar career transitions! Nate is PL-900 and PL-100 Certified, and ready to help you take on any Power Apps or Power Automate challenges you or your organization are currently facing!
Outside of work, Nate is a husband, a father to 2 boys, and a beer league hockey player.
Yasmine Brooks is a former BI consultant with 6 years of experience in Healthcare as a Radiation Oncologist and Operations Manager in her home country of Brazil.
She is the proud mother of a sweet baby girl, a dog lover, and soccer fan. She is always seeking new foods and travel destinations.
Gregory Trzeciak has his master’s degree in Education from the University of Florida. He has 9 years of teaching experience in high school, college level, and summer programs where he was recognized as a top educator and leader in interactive education. As a trainer at Pragmatic Works, his primary goal is to help individuals gain confidence in using Power BI and the Power Platform. While not in the office, he enjoys fantasy football, walking his dog, and running half-marathons!
A Jacksonville native, Marshall is known for more than sartorial savvy. He has spent his entire career doing things a little differently with great results in business and in the community.
A graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in advertising, Marshall has nearly 30 years of experience dreaming up new and innovative ways to integrate marketing and technology. He consistently looks for different ways to inject innovation into every role he has held. He has experience working with companies in a variety of industries, ranging from small businesses to Fortune 50 companies.
Marshall is the Past District Governor for Rotary 6970. He currently supports Rotary clubs and districts across the Southeast and Caribbean with their public image and marketing needs. He has completed 18 marathons and dozens of triathlons, ranging in distance from sprint to Ironman. He is currently in the middle of a project to run all 14,816 streets in Jacksonville, FL.
Marshall and his wife Karen are the proud parents of two daughters, Emily and Maggie.
Chuck was born in Jacksonville, Florida and graduated from UNF in 2015 with a degree in communications. He soon joined the digital marketing world and fell in love with it. He went back to school and got his Masters in Communications from the University of Florida.
You can find him at the golf course on the weekends or at TIAA Bank Field supporting the Jaguars.
Emily is a native of Jacksonville, Florida and is currently a senior at the University of Central Florida majoring in Marketing. She previously held the position of Vice President of Operations for her sorority, Pi Beta Phi. She is passionate about sports and worked in the Operations and Recruiting departments for the UCF football program.
A little known fact about Emily is she started her career in Marketing by dressing up as the Chick-Fil-A cow as part of the promotions team. Moo.
Senior Sales Executive
Terri Mottram has had the privilege of working at Pragmatic Works for over 10 years and is our most Senior Sales Executive. She is the first to tell you that she has been in sales longer than some of her peers have been on planet Earth. That gives you a sense of her humor and willingness to laugh at herself. Terri focuses on helping organizations and individuals to learn technology. With a bachelor’s degree in Marketing/Management from Thomas College in Waterville, Maine (from the last century) Terri has skillfully negotiated many of our largest contracts to date.
Terri covers most states East of the Mississippi. She enjoys talking to, listening, and uncovering customers challenges and aligning training education to meet those needs. She has embraced technology (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter) that helps to communicate, educate, and connect folks both inside and outside the organization.
Blake comes from a military family and served four years in the U.S. Navy, spending much of his time traveling both across the country and internationally. He attended Fortis College where he obtained an Associate’s Degree in Healthcare Management and another in Criminal Justice. He also earned a diploma in Medical Billing, Coding, and Insurance. Blake enjoys studying new technologies and learning about other cultures.
Senior Account Executive
Tricia Smith is the newest Senior Account Executive to join the Pragmatic Works team! She comes to us with a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from University of North Florida and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Florida State University and holds over 5 years of sales experience in Fuel Management hardware, cloud-based software solutions, and banking products. Her authenticity, quick wit, and lighthearted nature accelerates her ability to build relationships, gain trust, and secure business acquisition. She enjoys listening to training needs and linking Pragmatic Works solutions to the most important aspects of the customers strategy. Her life motto: you have to be odd to be number 1.
Channel Account Executive
Jeremy Sirois has spent more than 10 years with Pragmatic Works. He was one of the companies earliest Sales Executives. His current role as Channel Accounts Executive has him focusing on further developing the strategic partnership with Microsoft and pursuing new partnerships with organizations who are interested in combining Pragmatic Works Training offerings into their own portfolios.
Jeremy lives north of Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and 3 daughters. Outside of work, he enjoys supporting his daughters favorite activities which include swimming, gymnastics and basketball.
Learning Success Manager
Ean Warren is one of our new Learning Success Managers at Pragmatic Works. He started his career early, with hard work as his middle name. While growing up homeschooled, he began working with his father in a furniture delivery company. From there, he continued working other physical jobs– anything from lawn care to oriental rug cleaning, despite his passion for sales. His sense of humor, willingness to learn, and goal-oriented personality make him a pleasure to be around. He adores learning about all parts of the industry, adding to his skillset, working on himself, and talking with customers. He is beyond excited to join this family.
Ben Evans is a Product Manager for Pragmatic Works. He has been a software developer and team leader bringing a willingness to lead and a collaborative environment to ensure the best route to generating value is found for customers and stakeholders. He enjoys teaching and sharing his knowledge and has spoken at various events such as SQL Saturday. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter and collecting books.
Ricardo Amorim Gaefke
Ricardo Gaefke is a Brazilian developer who, in the last 20+ years, has successfully created large projects for the Government and multi-national companies. He is a cloud computing enthusiastic, and his specialty is working within the Azure Cloud Platform. He loves living in smaller cities, reading his Kindle and in his spare time, enjoying a barbecue day with his wife and kids.
Jojit is the newest Executive Assistant to join Pragmatic Works. Born and raised in the Philippines, she just moved to Jacksonville in November 2022. Before coming to the United States, Jojit gained extensive experience in human resources and organizational management while in Dubai and her home country. She has worked directly with executives and decision-makers of diverse entities. She is a goal-getter and is passionate on helping others reach their goals by ensuring that processes are in place and solutions are at hand whenever they need it the most. In her free time, Jojit enjoys travelling to explore the world and learn more about different cultures.